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The Craigellachie distillery was founded by one Alexander Edward who bought the land from his father David, owner of Benrinnes distillery. Working with Peter Mackie of White Horse, Alexander’s new distillery was producing spirit by 1891 but the young man’s vision was far from complete.
When Alexander’s father passed away in 1893, he inherited Benrinnes distillery and created a consortium to whom he sold it for £32,000. At the age of just 29, the young man was something of a celebrity with a record of his 1894 travels to Tangiers and Morroco published in the National Guardian.
Upon his return to Craigellachie, Alexander became driven with a desire to capitalise on the growing tourism trade and after purchasing the local brick and tile works, he began constructing a range of villas which could be rented out for the summer, culminating in the construction of the Craigellachie Hotel which gave wealthy English tourists a base of class and sophistication from whence to enjoy the local countryside.
Throughout its history, the Craigellachie spirit has predominantly been used as blend fodder, but in 2014 a new range of single malt bottlings were unveiled. The 13 year old is bottled at 46% ABV and is available in the UK for around £45 a bottle.
Smell: Vanilla, Cream, Barley Grain, Honey, Orange, Pineapple and Caramel.
Taste: Vanilla, Honey and Caramel, Sea Salt and Pepper, finished with a subtle hint of Smoke.
Value for Money: Usually available for around £45 and very much a worthwhile purchase.
Scores: 43 / 50.
A cracking wee dram that is too often overlooked. Fully flavoured with many a subtle complexity, it is a whisky worthy of any collection.